Brad Neiman never expected to be named club champion on Saturday night – but that’s only because he didn’t know the championship was even on.
The 16 year old youth ministock driver finished inside the top three in as many races, coming back from 16th on the starting grid in the final race to finish in second place, after winning heat one and finishing third in heat two.
Brad says none of the drivers were even aware the meet doubled as the youth ministock club championship because if they did, the risk of contact increases. “I’m totally rapt eh. It’s given me a lot of confidence so hopefully I can go far from that,” he says. “I just aimed to make up the places in that first corner and then just drive consistently to the best I can.”
Brad’s current car is for sale as he looks to make the transition into a stockcar. While he admits the size, speed and contact will be different, he doesn’t have to look far for inspiration when it comes to young drivers making the move into a bigger car. Dale McKenzie finished second at the recent New Zealand Superstock Championship, despite being just 19 years old. Dale is dating Brad’s sister and he says the pair regularly talk about the speedway and that he is always getting tips.
Brad’s father Dave took the new stockcar out for a spin on the weekend and will drive it for the rest of the season. Brad says his goals for next year’s race calendar will be to finish every race. He would also like to thank his sponsors Mobil Stoke Automotive and Affordable Signs and Graphics, while also putting in a mention to both of his parents. “Dad has put in so much of his own time to get my car out on the track. And I would like to thank nana and granddad for all of their support too.”
If you are interested in buying Brad’s ministock, please contact him on 027 827 4008.
Saturday night also saw the Accessman Tasman Thunder take out the Stockcar Suspension Development Cup with ease over the Greymouth Grizzlies. Adam Hall and Michael Paynter were first across the finish line.